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August 13, 2005

Death has robbed us of two more beautiful and talented ladies. You won't be surprised to know that I am writing about Myrna Niles Hamann and Mary O'Dell. They came here a few years ago when their husbands were hired to resurrect some sagging fortunes but they soon established themselves as the kind of people that get things done. By themselves, if necessary. Or as consorts in the courts of their husbands, and aides, if that's what the job required. They were leaders in their own right, as they proved in time.

Mary came here with her well known husband, Faye, with his responsibility for getting the football program in good shape once again When that was accomplished, they moved on, but Faye's health was not good. Mary was a good nurse and he grew stronger, but still not well. As fate would have it, she left first but not until her family's reputation became well known and she successfully struggled to add luster to her husband's reputation. She is now gone from here, but all who knew the O'Dells during their time here remember her dynamic personality and vibrant way of living.

Myrna's story is somewhat different. She had a bit part in the first presentation by Stagecoach Community Theatre, then undertook the lead role in "Mame," a wonderfully successful musical that established her as a potential leading lady in any Broadway musical that might turn up here. She was perhaps the best Mame of any of the many actresses who tested for the part. And, I have a reel on VHS tape of her auditions on the West Coast for TV sitcoms, commercials and other matters. She was a fine lady. Both of them were. Our sincere condolences to the families of these two ladies, and our thanks for their sweet natures.

If you are looking for a good family movie this weekend, try "The March of the Penguins" at one of the area theaters. There's no story line, unless you count the life cycle of penguins at the South Pole. It's suitable for all ages. No dirty language or stuff like that. Trust me. It's a good movie for kids to see.